Coffee to Undergo MRI Today

Alabama sophomore running back Glen Coffee, who was hit in the leg after a pass reception in Monday afternoon's scrimmage, will undergo an MRI Tuesday afternoon to assess the extent of the injury to his knee.

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said Coffee's injury appeared to be the most serious coming out of Monday's scrimmage, and today Shula said he did not want to speculate further until the results of the MRI are known.

Coffee had surgery in late May for a sports hernia issue that bothered him throughout spring, but had recovered nicely from that injury. He played as a true freshman and has a medical redshirt year at his disposal.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who hurt his neck on a play in Monday's scrimmage, was with the injured group Tuesday, but not wearing the sling he had on after the injury. Shula hopes to have Gilberry back on the field by Saturday's second scrimmage.

Placekicker Jamie Christensen (groin), defensive tackle Brandon Fanney (neck), linebacker Demarcus Waldrop (banged up) were in the orange "injured" jersey.

Running back Roy Upchurch has been limited after taking a couple of shots to his leg, but he is not in the orange jersey and is expected to return to full speed soon.

Receiver Keith Brown and running back Ali Sharrief, who had both missed days due to slight concussions, returned to the practice field on Tuesday.

Offensive guard B.J. Stabler did not practice in the morning session on Tuesday. He has been practicing each day, but has sat out some drills because of his knee. Stabler had arthroscopic surgey in the spirng. Stabler is expected to practice Tuesday evening. That practice is off-limits to the media.

Offensive linemen Michael Johnson and Scott Deaton also sat out Tuesday's practice. Johnson had been slowed by an ankle injury and Deaton's was a head injury (concussion symptoms).

Cornerback Ramzee Robinson came down funny on a leg in an odd play late in the scrimmage, but as he walked gingerly off the field unassisted, he told Shula he was okay.

The play was a bit of unplanned trickery by the offense. A deep pass down the sideline intended for Keith Brown was floated and underthrown, and a jump ball ensued between Robinson and Brown.

Brown got a hand on the ball and deflected it to a heads-up Will Oakley, who began streaking toward the play when the ball was thrown, and took the deflection in for a touchdown.


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